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Eastman faculty, alumni up for Grammy awards

The Eastman School of Music is in the spotlight with faculty and alumni nominees announced Monday for the 58th annual Grammy Awards.

Professor of Lute Paul O’Dette who with Stephen Stubbes served as co-artistic directors of the Boston Early Music Festival, are the conductors on the album, “Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe,” nominated for Best Opera Recording.

Eastman graduate Robert Ludwig is the mastering engineer on “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes, which is up for Album of the Year. The recording also earned a Grammy nod for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Ludwig received his bachelor’s in music education in 1966 and was awarded a master’s degree in trumpet in 2001.

Maria Schneider’s album “The Thompson Fields” is up for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Schneider, who earned her master’s degree at Eastman in 1985, also was nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for her arrangement of David Bowie’s “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” a track from the album “Nothing Has Changed.”

Also receiving two nominations is Kristian Bezuidenhout. One is in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for “Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 7.” The other is in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category for “Beethoven: An Die Ferne Geliebte; Haydn: English Songs; Mozart: Masonic Cantata.” Bezuidenhout earned his bachelor’s degree in 2001 and his master’s in 2004.

John Fedchok is up for a Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, for “You and the Night and the Music,” a track from the album “Like It Is.” He received his master’s degree at Eastman in 1985. 

Martha Cluver and Eric Dudley are members of the vocal group Roomful of Teeth, which was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for its recording “Render.” Cluver received her bachelor’s degree in 2003 and Dudley received his bachelor’s degree in 2001.

Winners of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Inc.’s Grammy Awards are to be announced Feb. 15 in the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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